AISA condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the heinous murder of Umar Mohammed by the ‘Gau Rakshak’ goons on 10 November near Pahadi Kaman in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. Cow vigilantes brutally killed Umar and then threw his body on the railway tracks to make it look like an ‘accident’. To top it all, in what has now seemingly become ‘Standard Operating Procedure’ in BJP-administered states, the government is busy criminalizing the victims and Muslims, rather than punishing murderers. Continue reading
Pauperising the masses and pampering the big corporates – this in a nutshell is the unfolding economic agenda of the Modi regime. We have witnessed this in the recent policy level assaults on Indian economy and democracy – through the triple trauma of demonetization, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and bank recapitalization to cover up bad loans. Continue reading
The “OFFICIAL” figures speak for themselves
- RETURN of 99% of the notes withdrawn implying that either there was very little “black money” in cash or whatever was there had been WHITENED!
- ALL so-called justifications of demonetization have FAILED • FAKE currency is STILL around. A miniscule amount of fake notes was confiscated.
- “Terror funding” (as claimed by the government) certainly did not end.
- Indian economy has NOT become “cashless”!
- CRASH of the economy: India lost its fastest-growing major economy tag compared with China’s 6.9% in the same period.
- GDP growth rate FELL from 7% (in Jan-Mar 2016) TO 6.1% (in Jan-Mar 2017) and further to 5.7% in Apr-Jun 2017.
- Industrial STAGNATION: GVA (Gross Value Added) has consistently been falling, from 7.6% in the beginning of the year, to just 5.6% currently.
- Manufacturing GDP has FALLEN to merely 1.2%. Small and Medium Sectors have been severely hit.
- Massive FALL in the off-take of bank credit:
- Non-food bank credit increased by 5.5 per cent in August 2017 compared to 8.2 per cent increase in August 2016.
- Credit to agriculture and allied activities increased by 6.5 per cent in August 2017, compared to 13.6 per cent increase in August 2016.
- Credit to industry contracted by 0.3 per cent in August 2017 as compared with a contraction of 0.2 per cent in August 2016.
- Credit to the services sector increased by 5.0 per cent in August 2017, much lower than the increase of 12.1 per cent in August 2016.
- Personal loans increased by 15.7 per cent in August 2017, lower than the increase of 18.1 per cent in August 2016.
- MASSIVE fall in employment: CMIE has calculated 15 million job loss during the post-demonitisation first four months of 2017! Formal employment has declined from 928.7 lakh in Jan-April 2016 to 861.2 lakh in Jan-April 2017.
- Feku and Farcical Claims on the number of NEW taxpayers post-demonetization: MYTH of increased TAX RETURNS due to demonetization: The government has been on a PR overdrive this year, claiming all kinds of numbers at will:
Defeating All Attempts of Communal Polarisation, Workers Resolve to
Fight Back the Pro-Corporate, Anti-Poor, Anti-Worker Regime of Loot!
This November shall witness one of the largest working class mobilisations against the Modi government’s anti worker, anti-poor policies in the capital. Ten Central Trade Unions and Federations of Defence, Banking, Insurance, Telecom, Roadways, PSUs, State & Central Government Employees have come together to defy the diktats of the anti-people BJP government and organize a three days continuous dharna in front of the Parliament on 9th, 10th and 11th November, 2017. Continue reading
The Russian Bolshevik Revolution – 7 November 1917. A 100 years after that momentous day, it is important to remind ourselves that that Revolution was no coup, no conspiracy. It was the greatest assertion the world has yet seen of democracy – of the urge and will of ordinary people for liberation. Continue reading
150 years back, Karl Marx’s Magnum Opus Das Kapital (Volume I) rolled out of the press on September, 1867. The publication signified nothing short of a silent revolution on the theoretical plane, and the world would never be the same again. Capital soon became the most discussed and debated work. The Russian edition, the first translation of Capital into any foreign language, came out in 1872 in an edition of 3,000 copies, and almost the whole edition was sold out. Forty five years later, as we know, the proletariat in that country would be the first in the world to successfully apply the lessons of Capital in practice. Continue reading
Few days back, the entire nation was shocked by the stunning news of a young girl, Santoshi Kumari in Simdega district of Jharkhand, dying of starvation after being denied food for not having Aadhaar-linked ration card. Shockingly, Santoshi died after starving for eight days and as she was dying, she kept asking bhat bhat (for rice) her mother. Santoshi’s family had not received any rice from the public distribution system for several months before this horrifying death, as their ration card had not been electronically linked with Aadhaar number. Continue reading
7 November-21 November
(Chandigarh to Kolkata)
Friends, the BJP government led by Narendra Modi has completed more than 3 years of its term. But this government which came to power on the promise of ‘Achhe Din’ has actually achieved a record in job cuts on the one hand and spate of assaults on higher education on the other. At an election rally in November 2013 the then aspiring Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared that ‘if the BJP comes to power we will generate 1 crore new jobs every year’. But the ground reality today is exactly the opposite. Today we have gone from a situation of job-less ‘growth to job-loss growth. Continue reading
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शिक्षा और रोज़गार चाहिए
दोस्तों नरेन्द्र मोदी के नेतृत्व वाली मौजूदा भाजपा सरकार ने 3 साल से अधिक का अपना कार्यकाल पूरा कर लिया है। लेकिन अच्छे दिनों का वादा करनेवाली इस सरकार ने एक ओर तो रोजगार कटौती में रिकॉर्ड कायम कर दिया तो दूसरी ओर इसने उच्च शिक्षा पर चौतरफा हमला कर दिया। Continue reading
In a gravely shocking move, the JNU Executive Council Meeting held on 18 September 2017 has imposed a decision to dissolve the Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH) and replace it with an ‘Internal Complaints Committee’ (ICC). Continue reading